Twitter Advises Users to Update Android App, Fixes Serious Security Vulnerability

Twitter Advises Users to Update Android App, Fixes Serious Security Vulnerability

Twitter on Friday admitted a malicious code was inserted into its app by a bad actor

Highlights
  • It may have been possible for bad actor to access information on Twitter
  • Direct Messages, protected Tweets, location info may be compromised
  • Users are advised to update their Twitter for Android app

In an extremely stressful year for Internet users, Twitter on Friday admitted a malicious code was inserted into its app by a bad actor that may have compromised some users’ information worldwide, including in India, as people woke up to an email from Twitter, warning them to update the app for Android. The vulnerability within Twitter for Android could allow the bad actor to see non-public account information or to control your account (send Tweets or Direct Messages), said an apologetic Twitter.

“Prior to the fix, through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app, it may have been possible for a bad actor to access information (Direct Messages, protected Tweets, location information) from the app,” Twitter said in a statement. Users should update their Twitter for Android app via Google Play.